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Singapore GE2020: Minimum wage is a rung but the Progressive Wage Model is a ladder, says Tharman

Jul 07, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE - The Progressive Wage Model which Singapore has in place is better than a minimum wage, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in a live talk show on Tuesday.

Mr Tharman, who will helm the People's Action Party slate in Jurong GRC at the July 10 polls, was speaking in a live talk show, Straight Talk With PAP, at the party's headquarters in New Upper Changi Road. Opposition parties such as the Workers' Party and the Singapore Democratic Party have lobbied for a minimum wage during the hustings, to better support low-income earners.

Mr Tharman argued that the Progressive Wage Model is working.

The model, which was first made mandatory for the cleaning sector in 2015, sets out the minimum pay for different job levels and pegs wage increases to a skills ladder for cleaners, security officers and landscape workers.

"We've got to avoid both those options...We've got to keep unemployment down, keep people at work but help everyone move up the ladder in the course of their careers, where technology improves the job, where people's skills go up and where wages go up."